interested in increasing ram
Looks like you'll need pc2700 laptop RAM. I didn't search too deeply, but you'll either need to buy 1x1gb stick or 2x1gb stick, depending on what you have (because your 1gb may be 2x512 rather than 1x1024). The going rate seems to be ~$40-50 for buying the 2x1024. And about $27 for the single stick.
The truth is if it is working properly I have no problem keeping it for as long as it works.
I'd run a chkdsk and see what the computer thinks about the quality of the disk. If it's got errors, a new HDD is pretty cheap. $50 on Tigerdirect will get you a 320GB drive (you can get a 160 for $40 or so). Searching Amazon, you could replace the 60gb with one of the same size for about $25.
Basically, so long as it's not the processor giving out, there's plenty of life left in the machine (you can upgrade the other parts easily...they 'snap' into place for the most part, the HDD may require a screw or two to hold it in place). RAM is easy to change. And then, if it just gets to be that you don't like the OS or want one that's designed to be lighter on resources, it will take some reading and some time to learn a new way of doing things. Switching OSes is easy, if you're willing to google your problems and figure out how to solve them. You can make an old laptop last for a long
time, depending on your needs.
ETA: i'm probably gone for the night in a bit, but myusernameTD at google's mail is a good place to get in touch if you need help or links to some how-tos and have trouble finding them yourself.
This post was edited on 9/29 at 8:05 pm